I'm always interested on how other people create things. Whether they build something, write something or draw something, it's always worthy of examination. The artists themselves might not be so interesting but their work almost always is.
That said, I found an interesting article here that shows a series of drawings while the artist is under LSD.
Now, I remember this sort of thing mostly by hearsay back in the sixties and seventies. I'd never actually seen the drawings. I'd always heard that the artist had evaluated his work afterwards and decided that LSD hurt creativity rather than helped it.
The left image was a drawing by the artist prior to the effects of the drug. The right image was of the same subject, the experimenter, at the height of the LSD experience. The artist had changed mediums from charcoal to tempera.
Art is a product of seeing as much as anything and it is clear the artist was seeing things differently.
It would be very interesting to have the full interview, find out what the artist thought he was doing and how he evaluated it. For example, if the artist didn't like the second image was it because the image was poor or a poorly executed version of what he was imagining?
Further, the gossip I heard about this story suggested that the LSD did not enhance "creativity". Was the rumor in fact accurate or was it a cultural response to a threat? We see memes like that across email all the time these days. The whole fear of Obama manifesting as the birther movement.
(I imagine the birther psychology to go something like this:
- Obama doesn't look or act as I think a president should look or act
- The American system is something I value.
- The American system could never legitimately produce a president that doesn't look or act as Obama does.
- Therefore the presidency of Obama is illegitimate.
- Therefore Obama cannot be an American.
- Seek, therefore, alternate explanations to Obama's presidency.
So many questions. So little time.
Thanks to The Jailbreak and Dude Craft for this one.